Volunteers Maintaining the Largest Public Dahlia Display Garden on the East Coast | Based at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River, NY

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Upcoming Events

January Membership Meeting

Thursday, January 17, 2019

6:30 PM

East Islip Public Library

Dahlia 101

Part 1 “Breaking the Dahlia Color Code” - we will review the fifteen (15) different dahlia colors and see examples of each

Part 2 “New Introductions” - presentation on new hybrid dahlias for 2019, learn about the local dahlia “Trial Garden” in Eisenhower Park

Dahlia Colors - From the American Dahlia Society’s "Classification and Handbook of Dahlias"

Code Description
BI Bicolor
BR Bronze
DB Dark Blend
DP Dark Pink
DR Dark Red
FL Flame Blend
L Lavender
LB Light Blend
OR Orange
PK Pink
PR Purple
R Red
V Variegated
W White
Y Yellow

Monthly Meetings

Meetings are held year round, on the third Thursday of the month. Locations of our meetings vary so please check the LIDS Calendar above each month for time and location. Note the July meeting is held on a Saturday in the William Wolkoff Garden.

Most meetings provide a dahlia education session on dahlia care through the seasons. Meeting include coffee and snacks and provide members an opportunity to share dahlia knowledge and obtain advice.

Meetings are open to all and are free to the public.

Saturday Mornings at the William Wolkoff Garden

Most Saturdays during the year our volunteers meet at 9:00 AM at the William Wolkoff Dahlia Garden in Bayard Cutting Arboretum. Check the calendar for specifics.

Volunteers support the garden by preparing the tubers for planting, maintaining the garden during the bloom time, digging up the tubers at the end of season, and preparing them for storage. Each season provides a hands-on dahlia care learning experience, all are welcome.

Work in the garden is followed by coffee and cake at 11:00 am.